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A Judgement in Stone- The Opera House, Manchester 

Writer: Ruth Rendell adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an ...

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Fallen Angels – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s hard to imagine a time when a Noel Coward play might be described as “vulgar, disgusting, obscene and degenerate” among other choice adjectives, but this was exactly the reaction first given to Fallen Angels when it opened in 1925, something which of course had the audiences flocking to see it. ...

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Fallen Angels – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] When Fallen Angels was first produced in 1925, it was widely criticised for its supposed immoral subject matter. Here we have two very respectable women, spending a “girly evening” getting drunk and discussing their past love lives with a candour that must, at the time, have been as much shocking ...

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The Governess – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:3] Good home help is hard to find. For every indispensable Jeeves or practically perfect Mary Poppins, there is a sinister Mrs Danvers or Rebecca De Mornay’s psychotic nanny from The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. Following an early scene in this play where Jenny Seagrove’s Miss Fry cruelly punishes her ...

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Volcano – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 3]   Despite being written back in 1956, Volcano was never performed in Coward’s lifetime, until now. Adela Shelly (Jenny Seagrove) runs a banana plantation on the side of a volcano mountain on a Caribbean island. Her husband died some years ago and she is left to quietly tend her ...

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Volcano – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:3] Noel Coward wrote Volcano in 1956 but it has never been performed before this touring production. So, is Volcano a fiery play, full of passion and wit, worthy of its name or a rather damp squib of a play that disappoints? The play tells a tale of adultery and betrayal, ...

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Volcano – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Rosie Wheat [rating: 4]   Despite the tropical set, the musical birds and the constant rumblings of an ominous volcano, Noel Coward’s play still remains utterly British. The mind is so tricked by the brittle conversations and repressed sexual desire, it is difficult to accept the palm tree is not a grandfather clock, ...

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